Interesting question as I’ve been looking at different frameworks myself (for similar reasons re. Bootstrap and Foundation, not bloated but just far more than I’ll ever want).
Yes, like popular CMS systems, there is a look to these frameworks which a lot of people don’t change (but good designers do).
I would say Hugo is the ideal choice for adding different frameworks because it is not dictating any base layout.
I’m currently looking at Skeleton and PureCSS, and particular like the no JS approach to template responsiveness. I might be wrong, but UIKit looks too much like it’s following the same convention as Bootstrap and Foundation and not sure I see the need for another of those.
What I like about Skeleton and Pure is that they exist as a real lighter alternative to BS and Foundation. Most others I’ve seen are either more focused on CSS preprocessing, grids or just being in the same space as the big two.
I saw that before. Didn’t know it was being negleted again. Shame as it has it’s own niche (as a non-modular framework).
I used PureCSS for my personal site, and the thing that concerned me, although it is working fairly well as is, was the seeming lack of any dev movement (and indeed, some just get shut down, like Gumby did). The big ones like Foundation and Bootstrap, have active development on their side.
I’ve worked extensively with Bootstrap, Foundation and briefly with Skeleton. It’s a shame to see Skeleton development has pretty much stopped, but even with that being the case it should still be a great choice for a lean framework that will give you the essentials and let you add the rest.
Bourbon/Neat is a lightweight alternative - it’s structured so that you only use what you need. I’ve been using it for years. It’s actively maintained, the grid is great and there’s a set of ui components that are given with design or naked. http://bourbon.io/
I’d scrap bourbon.io for using Autoprefixer with postCSS. That said, @RickCogley I still think the juice is worth the squeeze for neat, the semantic grid sibling to bourbon. Keeps your code extra clean.